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Leyte Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Leyte is a province situated in the Eastern VIsayas Region. It was named as “Felipina” by the Spanish navigator Ruy Lopez de Villalobos in 1543; the name was later given to the whole archipelago. The island was also once a location of Mairite, a historic community under the ruling of Datu Ete. Leyte’s best known historical accounts are the first mass in the Philippines in Limasawa, the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur at Dulag Beach and as the site of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle that took place during the second world war. Politically, Leyte Island is divided into Northern and Southern Leyte; the locals are also divided into two groups by the language they speak - Cebuano in the west and the south, while in the north and the east is Waray-waray. The province’s main industries are a combination of agriculture, fishing and mining. There are 2 major cities in the province, Ormoc and its capital, Tacloban. Leyte today is known for its geothermal electric power plants. A few years ago, the province gathered international attention when it was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Slowly, the province is rebuilding itself and continues to have a growing economy.

Where to go in Leyte

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Agas-Agas Zipline

City Of Maasin (capital), Southern Leyte, Eastern Visayas, 6600, Philippines

Bitu-on Beach

San Roque Liloan, Southern Leyte, Eastern Visayas, 6612, Philippines

Bituon Beach

Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte, Eastern Visayas, 6602, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting Here
Leyte is within reach via air travel and a combination of water and land journey.

By air: The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport serves the province of Leyte and functions as the main gateway from Manila and Cebu to to the Eastern Visayas Region. There are daily flights from Manila-Tacloban with airfare that starts from Php 2,600.00 depending on your travel date. Travel time is around 70 minutes.

Airline companies flying to Tacloban:
PAL
Cebu Pacific
Air Asia

There are also daily flights from Cebu to Tacloban via Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines.

By water and land: Major seaports are located in the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban, servicing cargo ships and ferry boats from nearby Visayas provinces. The Supercat Fastcraft operates three times daily with the route Cebu-Ormoc and vice versa; while Philtranco buses depart daily from Manila to Tacloban and Ormoc via the Maharlika Highway route. Bus fare starts at Php 1,350.00.

Popular Food

A popular native delicacy in Tacloban, suman moron is a sticky rice cake cooked with coconut milk and cocoa powder. One of the many varieties of suman in the country, suman moron is a dessert usually served during fiestas and special occasions.

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Another sweet delicacy wrapped in a unique packaging of coconut shell, Binagol is a taro root pudding with glutinous rice and nuts. It is always an anticipated pasalubong from this province.

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Originated in the Visayas Region, specifically in the province of Leyte, humba is delicious braised pork dish that looks like ‘adobo’ in appearance but a bit sweeter in taste.

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Leyte’s version of ‘bulalo’.

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Ormoc City’s pride and premier crop are the sweet tasting queen pineapples. This variety is among the sweetest in the world. Queen pineapple is a bit small in size and served with the core included because it is crunchy and not hard like the usual pineapple.

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Best Time to Go

BEST TIME TO GO
Just like in any other island province in the Philippines, tourism is big business during summer in Leyte. Still rising up from the devastating effects of Yolanda, Leyte has a long list of tourist attractions for any kinds of tourist out there.

The months of March to May are best spend on the beach or to go island hopping. Put on liberal amount of sunscreen and wear light, tropical clothes. Take part at the province’s grand festival, the festive and lively Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival celebrated every last week of June, which is still a good month to go around the province. Expect moderate to heavy rains on the months of October to January.

What to Do

Take the scenic route of San Juanico Bridge
Find time to cross the longest bridge in the country, the 2.16 kilometers San Juanico Bridge. See the beautiful landscape of pristine water and serene islets and marvel at the bridge’s engineering works. An architectural beauty and an impressive part of Philippine history is what this bridge all about.
Visit the Yolanda Memorials
There are several Yolanda memorials built in different parts of the province but the most famous of all is the M/V Eva Jocelyn Yolanda Marker in Barangay Anibong, Tacloban City. The bow of a cargo ship that hit 14 houses during the onslaught of Yolanda was the highlight of the 120 meter square memorial park.
Explore nature
The island province is endowed with beautiful natural attractions – beaches, secluded islands, marine sanctuaries, caves and falls. Outdoor activities are a plenty as well. Indeed, there’s never a boring moment in this forested and mountainous province.
Explore nature
The island province is endowed with beautiful natural attractions – beaches, secluded islands, marine sanctuaries, caves and falls. Outdoor activities are a plenty as well. Indeed, there’s never a boring moment in this forested and mountainous province.
See historical landmarks
The province of Leyte prides itself for being a part of some historical moments that helped shaped the country. Its historical accounts are exciting to know – the Leyte Landing at the Red Beach, the Leyte Provincial Capitol where murals depicting the first Christian mass in the country are on display, the Battle of Baluarte Marker, Hill 522, among others.

Estimated Costs

ESTIMATED COST PER PERSON
Getting around
There are the usual jeepneys, tricycles and also habal-habals and multicabs when travelling within the municipalities or within the cities. For going from town to town, buses and vans are the main method of transportation.

Minimum fare of jeepneys and tricycle is Php 8.00. There are also rental cars or vans that can be arranged by the hotels for their guests.


Accommodation

Tacloban and Ormoc City has a wide numbers of hotels, hostels and lodging inns that offer budget-friendly accommodation to moderately priced stay.

An affordable accommodation starts at Php 502.00 while mid-range price starts at Php 1,600.00.

Food
Php 150.00 – Php 250.00 per meal

Tourist attraction entrance fee
Starts at Php 10.00


Average price per day
Php 1,600.00 – Php 2,000.00

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